Like other manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz uses samples of their products to demonstrate their abilities. Samples of all three variations of the W126 were manufactured for multiple purposes. This could have been vehicles for display on exhibitions, to be shown as demo cars to the audience. On the other hand this could have been also vehicles for solving road tests, many times in comparison with products of competitive manufacturers on TV or in magazines. Mercedes-Benz sold these cars after the end of their purpose. There are several features as modified parts or indications on tags and production stickers. But this is not always so and therfore the best indication is the original registration number, with the exception of vehicles for display on exhibitions which didn't need them. The vehicles for exhibitions have the option codes 994 and 997 on the tag in front of the radiator. Another indication for a press or exhibition car is the option code 992, which is specific for the purpose of the vehicle. This can be chromed parts in the engine bay or a modified engine with higher output. Also preproduction cars show these special option codes. The important option codes are:|
These codes are not mentioned on the data card, as they could not be ordered regular by a customer. They can be found on the sticker under the hat rack (to be found via the boot) and on the above mentioned tag in front of the radiator.
The following list shows all self known German registration numbers and the body styles. It would be a shame if the traces of these special W126 S-Classes got lost. If you own one of these cars, please contact me.
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